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Study: Most sources of methane hot spot are gas facilities

methane, natural gas production, Four Corners

DENVER (AP) — Most methane sources contributing to a puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas over the Southwestern United States appear to be natural gas production facilities, scientists said Monday. Researchers identified more than 250 sources of a methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. They include gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines ...

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Feds shop ocean off the Outer Banks to build wind turbines

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) — The Obama Administration is inviting companies to bid for the right to build wind energy turbines off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Interior Department on Friday announced a proposed lease sale for 122,000 acres beginning about 28 miles off Kitty Hawk that includes part of the Outer Continental Shelf. The government has previously announced lease ...

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Polis donates $25K to group pushing oil, gas amendment

DENVER (AP) — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production. Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance disclosures posted Monday. The group supports a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to give local governments more control ...

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1 hurt, firetruck burns in Killeen gas tanker truck blaze

explosion, fire

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire at a Central Texas gas station left one person dead, destroyed a firetruck and forced more than 50 nearby residents to evacuate. Killeen police did not immediately release details on the person killed in the fiery accident early Friday at a Mickey’s Convenience Store. Police say preliminary information indicates the ...

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Opponents of Seneca gas storage project reject downsize plan

Seneca gas storage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Opponents of an expanded gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes say they’ll continue to fight the project despite the company’s proposal to downsize it in response to community concerns. Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners this week proposed changes to the Seneca Lake project that include elimination of rail and truck shipment facilities and resources to monitor ...

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Kasich order creates hotline for oil and gas emergencies

hotline, fire phone

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has ordered creation of a single-call notification system for oil-and-gas emergencies and authorized two state departments to start setting it up. An order Kasich signed Tuesday follows his veto last year of budget language he found inadequate that sought to streamline reporting of spills of oil, brine and other hazardous substances, ...

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NY nuclear plant scheduled to close saved by new owner

nuclear energy, fitzpatrick plant

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — A week after New York regulators adopted a subsidy policy for nuclear plants, Exelon Generation says it will assume ownership of the FitzPatrick plant in upstate New York, saving it from closing. The Entergy Corp. plant by Lake Ontario employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes. Chicago-based Exelon, ...

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Construction permit approved, but fight over environmental impact lingers

coal-fired power, carbon capture

UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a permit allowing an electric generation plant to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired has drawn ire from environmental groups. Activist groups including The Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey say the permit will allow B.L. England’s plant in Cape May County to produce more ...

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Judge dismisses challenge to 180-day limit on ballot drives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has dismissed a challenge to restrictions on how long ballot drive organizers have to collect voter signatures. The Committee to Ban Fracking wants to use more than 200,000 already-gathered signatures to help qualify for the 2018 statewide ballot. It sued to challenge the constitutionality of Michigan’s 180-day time period for signature collecting. Court ...

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